Support for Coaches - What's out there?

Qualified coaches are coaching teams and players across the County accessing 1000’s of players both youth and adult. A lot of these coaches have attended coach education courses and gone back to their group of players and use the information and knowledge gathered on the course to deliver their football sessions.

Some coaches feel this is enough training due to the time constraints of being a volunteer or they have reached the level they feel comfortable with. There are a number of resources available to support coaches whatever level they are to develop and build on their current training and knowledge base, whether this is at home or in their clubs with their players such as some of the following;

Durham County FA Coaches Association

Durham County FA aims to bring together coaches working at grassroots level and those within adult football to share their knowledge and experience while developing ideas.
DCFA Coaches Association & FoL Coaches Clinic
Our intention is to arrange free coaches meetings throughout the year covering various aspects within football delivered by quality and experienced coaches who have the expertise to make the sessions helpful and informative. The majority of these events are FA Licensed Coaches Club Accredited Events so county towards CPD hours. We are now working in partnership with the Foundation of Light Coaches Clinic to provide even more events and sessions for local coaches to attend.Should you be interested to receive this information via email direct please email with the subject 'DCFA Coaches Association' and your email will be added to our database.
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FA Licensed Coached Club

The Licensed Coaches' Club is free to join and aims to raise standards in coaching across the game by ensuring that coaches keep their training and qualifications up to date. It forms a key part of The FA’s Youth Development Review and Coaching Strategy. You can access 100’s of session plans for all different age groups plus master class videos once logged into the website.
FA Licensed Coaches Club
In today’s ever evolving game, it is essential that coaches at all levels of the game keep up to speed with new coaching techniques and advice.

The FA Licensed Coaches’ Club requires that coaches meet the following criteria in order to join:-

  • Minimum of an FA Level One coaching qualification.
  • FA Emergency Aid Certificate.
  • FA Safeguarding Children certificate.
  • FA CRB/DBS check.



FA Future Game

The Future Game, The FA Technical Guide for Young Player Development, published in 2010, outlines a philosophy and vision for the future of youth development in English football.
FA Future Game

Central to the message are the principles of creativity and innovation, for both coaches and players, and a playing philosophy based on quality passing, possession and building play through the three-thirds of the pitch.

Out of possession, the philosophy calls for a tactical approach to defending in which all players contribute.

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FA Skills Programme

The FA Skills Coaches actively support FA Charter Standard Clubs throughout Durham County, delivering a 6-12 week coaching programme at each club, working closely with the teams and players (aged 5-11 years), whilst also supporting the delivery of the coaches.
FA Skills Programme

The delivery links closely with The FA Future Game Documents and The FA Youth Awards, whilst tailoring sessions to meet the needs of the players and coaches. There is no charge for this offer and feedback from all clubs actively involved in the programme has been exceptional. 

The FA Coaches App

Giving you the power to create, edit and share practices. The FA Coaches App will give you the power to create and edit practices and sessions and to export and share these with your players, assistants and parents. FA Coaches App
Building on the success of i-Drills’ first app the powerful platform has also been extended to enable you to share practices privately through the CoachMates network, as well giving you access to a public global network of practices through the subscription based TransferMarket.

In addition, FA Licensed Coaches will benefit from free, exclusive practices and sessions – delivered direct to their tablets as they are published by the team at St. George’s Park as well as unlimited FREE CoachMates invites.

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FA Mentors Programme*

They will work with The FA Charter Standard Clubs on a part-time basis, and will each provide 100 hours of mentoring support to those clubs, across a 12 month period. Mentors will provide quality targeted support that challenges coaches to excel in their work and enhance coaching standards nationally.

DCFA FoL Launch January 2014

The aim of the Mentoring programme is;

  • To support the development of coaches in grass roots football
  • To work with Clubs to identify the needs of coaches
  • To  mentor and support coaches working in Charter Standard Clubs
  • To observe, provide feedback and create action plans for clubs and individuals 
  • To develop and deliver a programme of support for coaches across the 4 corners
  • To support coach development , focusing upon the knowledge , skills and attributes to be an effective coach
  • To support and develop reflection skills
  • To develop  individual,  club  based    events  to  support  the  learning  of  coaches 

The mentoring programme will meet the needs of coaches at a local level, promoting and cascading the principles of The FA Future Game document, as well as linking with The FA Respect programme.
*Selected FA Charter Standard Clubs Only

England DNA

Clubs and coaches, at all levels of the game, can learn more about the playing and coaching philosophy of the England teams through the new website.

England DNA Coaching and Playing Philosophy

The website - launched at the start of the FA national coaching conference, England DNA: Connecting the Game - features a series of interviews with FA technical staff outlining the vision for future England teams and players and the importance of a consistent and co-ordinated coaching approach for all England age-group teams.

Matt Crocker, FA Head of Development Team Coaching, hopes the website will help to strengthen relationships with all those involved in English player development at all levels of the game.

“One of the aims we set out at the start of the England DNA project was to be open with everyone in the game and provide an insight into our beliefs on young player development and how the England teams operate,” explained Crocker.

“We hope that by releasing detail of the DNA methodology through the website it will continue the communication process and also play a key part in supporting the ongoing education of coaches who will be encouraged to use the site as part of their studies.

Crocker added: “Coaches will be also encouraged to apply the ideas in their own context at the clubs they work at different levels of the game.”


The above is only a few of the support options available with others available through Social Media accounts providing opportunities for coaches to network and access sessions.

Durham County FA are committed to supporting grassroots coaches whether this is through providing accessible FA Coach Education Courses or organising and delivering FA Licensed Coaches Club Accredited Events across the County.

FA Courses
Click Here for Durham Coumty FA Coaches Association Information
FA Licensed Coaches Club
England DNA
The Future Game